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Anheuser-Busch wants 'Flight' change. Netflix unveils poison pill.

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November 06, 2012|By Joe Flint
  • Anheuser-Busch wants a 'Flight' change.
Anheuser-Busch wants a 'Flight' change. (Paramount Pictures )

After the coffee. Before going to vote.

The Skinny: Just remember as you hold your nose or close your eyes as you vote, at least you get to make a choice. That's my feel-good-about-democracy thought of the day. Tuesday's headlines include Netflix creating a poison pill to foil investor Carl Icahn, Anheuser-Busch executives aren't happy with the movie "Flight" and CBS makes its Super Bowl choice. 

Daily Dose: Now that most of the pay-TV distributors in the area have agreed to carry Time Warner Cable's SportsNet, it may be only a matter of time until some ads bashing DirecTV for not carrying the new home of the Lakers start to pop up. While Time Warner Cable says it is not planning any such ads, it doesn't need to do it if all the other distributors -- Cox, Charter, AT&T and Verizon -- start doing it for them. Heck, maybe the Lakers will even get involved.

In case of Carl, take pill and call in the morning. Just days after activist investor Carl Icahn acquired almost 10% of its stock, Netflix announced it had a adopted a new stockholder rights plan aimed at stopping any hostile takeover efforts. The so-called poison pill will make it very expensive for an individual or company to acquire a big stake in the streaming entertainment company without approval of the company's board of directors. Icahn, who previously said he had no beefs with Netflix management, called the maneuver "an example of poor corporate governance." More on the Netflix-Carl Icahn drama from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal

What happened to any publicity is good publicity? Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser, doesn't like that its product is featured in the new hit movie "Flight," starring Denzel Washington as a pilot who may have a drinking problem. The brewer has asked Paramount Pictures to obscure the Bud labels that appear in the movie. Rob McCarthy, a vice president of Budweiser, told the Associated Press "We would never condone the misuse of our products, and have a long history of promoting responsible drinking and preventing drunk driving." Guess Anheuser-Busch will start policing the parking lots after sporting events too. I'm pretty sure there are products are being misused there. 

You say tomato. After Tuesday, viewers will finally be able to turn on the TV and radio without being barraged with political ads. But regardless of who wins, the bickering about who's in the White House and Congress will no doubt continue on cable channels Fox News and MSNBC. The New York Times looks at what it has dubbed a "battle of bitterness" between those two networks. Variety checks in on what's at stake for the entertainment industry in this election.

Subtle. News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is making no secret of who he's supporting this election. He's been upping the volume on his tweets critical of the Obama administration. Sometimes this can lead to some amusing responses from his followers. Bloomberg takes a look at Murdoch's social media persona. By the way, Rupert, my offer for you to follow me still stands.

Elementary, my dear Watson. We won't know who's playing in Super Bowl XLVII until January but now we know what we'll be watching after the game. CBS, which has the Super Bowl this season, said it would air a special episode of its new drama "Elementary" (a modern-day take on Sherlock Holmes and Watson) after the final gun sounds. But should CBS use that platform to try to launch a new show. A contrarian view on CBS's move from blogger Big TV Fan. Meanwhile, even though Super Bowl L (that's 50 to you and me) is more than three years away, some marketers are already circling the date, according to Advertising Age.

Because two aren't enough. CBS is working on a third "NCIS" show, according to Deadline Hollywood. In the latest installment, the agents will be on the road going from situation to situation. Think of it as "Road Rules" meets "NCIS." Or you could think it's another example that we're running low on ideas.

Inside the Los Angeles Times: The Federal Communications Commission may finally phase out its rules prohibiting the ownership of newspapers and TV stations in big cities. A look at Moozfly, an online platform for Spanish comedians.

Follow me on Twitter. I'll be politics free all Tuesday! @JBFlint.

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